West Stokes volleyball team has now won two straight games after starting the season 0-6. Their 3-0 win over a struggling Carver team in Winston-Salem on Thursday has given the Wildcats a 2-0 record in the Western Piedmont Athletic 2A Conference.
“We are still struggling against good competition,” said Wildcat coach Jordan Stevens. “A conference win is still a good win no matter who you play. We need to communicate better and focus on the fundamental part of the game if we want to compete in the top half of our conference. Forbush returned most of their team and North Surry will be solid as usual.”
The Wildcats breezed to a 25-2 victory in the first set over the Yellowjackets. Abby Walker started the game with five consecutive aces and West led 6-0 before making a hitting error. After getting the ball back on a mistake by Carver, Lyza Addington hit 13 aces and Madison Upchurch closed the set with three more.
Game two went much like the first and West recorded 23 aces in the set and won 25-3. Caroline Philyaw tallied 15, Emily Emerson six, and Alyssa Custer two. Addington smashed two kills for the additional points and victory in the set.
West only gave up one point in the final game and cruised to a 25-1 win. Upchurch found open space in serving and added 21 aces, four off of the school record of 25 she set last season against the Yellowjackets.
“I was happy with our team’s effort tonight,” said Stevens. “We were able to battle through the heat in their gym and come away with a convincing win. We have several things to correct, but if we can, we could be a hard team out. The girls just need to start believing in themselves and stop thinking so much.”
The Wildcats scored 65 aces in the game out of a possible 75 points. Upchurch recorded 24 of those aces, Philyaw 15, Addington 13, Emerson six, Walker five, and Custer two. Emerson added four digs, Philyaw five assists, and Blakeleigh Goldbach and Addington three kills each.
West Stokes improves to 2-6 overall and will face a 5-1 Reagan squad on Tuesday in King with the JV contest starting at 4:30 p.m. The Yellowjackets fall to 0-2.
Robert Money can be reached at 336-749-1193.